Shoelaces are overrated. Aside from athletes like runners and basketball players, who really need to cinch down their shoes to keep their feet locked down when they compete, laces just end up getting in the way most of the time.
They come untied even when you double knot them. They always seem to be either too long or too short commensurate to the shoes they’re designed for. And, not to be overlooked, they expose you to the old school prank of having your laces tied together.
So with spring in full swing, why not do away with all that hassle and kick back in a pair of slip-on sneakers? Slip-ons have a clean, pared down look that is appropriate as you start to shed layers and move into summer. They also tend to look really good without socks, which is a staple look as the weather heats up.
From classic boat-inspired sneakers to more modern runners, we found seven great slip-on kicks that will keep your feet looking sharp this season.
1. VANS VAULT SLIP-ON “CHECKERED PAST”
You can’t talk about slip-on sneakers without talking about the slip-on. Vans first gained fame for its checkerboard slip-on when Jeff Spicoli wore them in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, it released a luxurious version that creates the checkerboard pattern with woven leather.
2. NIKE AIR MOC TECH FLEECE
Originally introduced in 1994, the Nike Air Moc has been brought back. This time it has an upper constructed from Nike’s awesome Tech Fleece, so they’re like sweatpants for your feet. The sole is chunky and the shoes are fully cushioned with Nike Air, so you can walk around in these all day, not just to go out and grab the paper. Just kidding, we know no one grabs the paper anymore.
3. SEAVEES HAWTHORNE SLIP-ON
Taking their name from the town in California where the Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds, the Hawthorne has a vibe that is both relaxed and refined. The olive color looks great on the suede upper and is polished enough that you will have no problem wearing these to work and still looking sharp. The sockliners are also perforated so you can rock them sans socks without your feet getting all sweaty.
4. NATIVE JEFFERSON
No self-respecting man should ever be caught in Crocs. But you can’t deny the benefits of a pair of rubber shoes in the spring and summer, especially if you’re spending time around the water. Fortunately Native figured out a way to blend that utility with designs that you feel more excited to walk outside the house in. The Jefferson is reminiscent of the Converse Chuck Taylor and is even more versatile.
5. COMMON PROJECTS SLIP-ON
While the Common Projects Achilles gets most of the shine, the brand does have other models with a similar mix of premium materials and minimal design that are worthy of attention as well. Chief among those is the Slip-On, which still has the gold foil stamping around the heel and other features that CP fans will know and appreciate. The navy blue perforated leather only adds to the sophistication of this sneaker.
6. NIKE SOCK DART
All slip-on sneaks don’t have to look like a version of Vans’ shoes. The Sock Dart applies the concept to a running shoe-inspired silhouette. The shoes wrap your foot and are incredibly comfortable. They also have a slightly futuristic look that goes great with shorts and sweatpants.
7. CONVERSE BY JOHN VARVATOS DECK STAR ‘67
John Varvatos’s collaborations with Converse have always infused a rock n’ roll spirit into the classic sneakers. This Deck Star captures that same vibe, but in a more subtle way. Premium leather is used throughout the upper, but it is distressed to give the color an excellent patina that makes the shoes feel lived in without looking trashed.